Research Quick Take

Here at the College of Social Sciences and Public Policy (COSSPP), our faculty have been quite busy! Here are some of the projects that our faculty have recently published.

“Earnings Performance of African Immigrants: Evidence from the American Community Survey” by Dr. Ene Ikpebe

In her recent article, Dr. Ikpebe examines the economic performance and assimilation appears in the economics literature. We use pooled cross-sectional data (2011–2015) from the American Community Survey to explore the effects on African immigrant earnings of immigrant characteristics such as degrees attained, type of major, years in the U.S., citizenship status, English-speaking abilities, and country of origin. She also uses earnings functions to analyze the earnings assimilation of African immigrants with natives over the past decade. She finds that college-educated African immigrants have experienced some earnings convergence with natives between 2005 and 2015. Surprisingly, the assimilation analysis of non-college graduate African immigrants shows that they have achieved an earnings advantage over native non-college graduates.

Mark W. Horner - Department of Geography

“Examining the impacts of the Great Recession on the commuting dynamics and jobs-housing balance of public and private sector workers” by Dr. Mark Horner

In his recent article, Dr. Horner examines the effect of the Great Recession on commuting. To do so, he employ metrics from the excess commuting and jobs-housing balance literature in an effort to examine the commuting dynamics of private and public sector workers during the Great Recession in Atlanta, GA. He finds that private workers experienced better jobs-housing balance over the study period, but they commute longer and more inefficiently when compared with public workers. While the Great Recession worsened both groups’ commuting situation, the effect was more significant for public workers in terms of increasing their travel burdens.

“The effect of options to reward and punish on behavior in bargaining” by Dr. Svetlana Pevnitskaya

In her recent article, Dr. Pevnitskaya conducts a lab experiment to investigate how providing the responder with options to reward and/or punish the proposer post-acceptance affects behavior in ultimatum bargaining. She finds that the presence of costly reward and punishment options affects behavior of both bargaining parties, even if those instruments are rarely used. Proposers are most generous when responders can both reward and punish, and offer least (even compared to the baseline) when responders can only reward. The likelihood of acceptance by responders, conditional on offer size, increases. The least generous offers have the highest chance of being accepted in the presence of punishment alone, even when punishment is not applied.

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